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Florida Appellate Court Applies State Daubert Test Retroactively to Exclude Expert and Dismiss Case

In his poem “To Summer,” Blake begs the season to “curb thy fierce steeds, allay the heat/That flames from their large nostrils!” That is typical Blake; he takes our favorite time of the year and turns it into a satanic...more

Knee Implant MDL Judge Enters Aggressive Lone Pine Order

We love Lone Pine orders. First of all, we love the name. Makes us think of a cowboy eating beans under a scraggly tree. On the prairie. Listening to Dolly Parton. We also love Dolly Parton, whom we saw in concert last week...more

French Supreme Court Ruling Clarifies Liability For Defective Products

A February 25, 2016, decision by the French Supreme Court clarifies some conditions for the imposition of liability with respect to defective products in ways that may be surprising to those more accustomed to U.S. product...more

Defective products liability: new clarifications on the regime’s implementation

In a ruling handed down on 25 February 2016, the Court of Cassation clarified the conditions for implementation of the defective products liability regime. In this case, a patient was prescribed Mediator treatment...more

Easier Retaliation Claims on the Horizon? EEOC Proposes New Guidance

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) is considering easing the burden a complaining employee faces to establish a claim for retaliation in proposed revisions to its Enforcement Guidance on Retaliation...more

A Tall Drink of Water: Ninth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Costco VitaRain Class Action on Plausibility and Causation Grounds

On May 5, 2016, the Ninth Circuit affirmed a district court’s decision to dismiss, without leave to amend, a class action complaint alleging a violation of the Washington Consumer Protection Act against Costco for the...more

Eighth Circuit Reverses Class Certification in Vapor Intrusion Litigation

On May 20, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit reversed class certification in a case involving residential vapor intrusion claims, in Ebert et al. v. General Mills, Inc., No. 15-1735 (8th Cir. May 20,...more

First Circuit: Plaintiffs’ Specific Causation Expert Fails to Pass Muster in Benzene Case

Last week, we (along with many of you, we assume) attended the DRI Drug and Medical Device conference in Chicago. We re-connected with friends dating to the beginning of our lengthy career (literally – ran into the head of...more

Expert’s Specific Causation Methodology Unreliable in Leukemia Row

In a case underscoring the importance of reliable methodologies in expert testimony, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit upheld a trial court decision excluding specific causation testimony linking benzene...more

Talc Litigation: The Big Picture

In 2015 and 2016, juries awarded $13 million in a talc case in California, and $72 million and $55 million in talc cases tried in Missouri. The California plaintiff argued that she used talcum powder which contained...more

Trimming Some Fat From Statin Litigation With Daubert and Preemption

In the mythical days of product liability yore, a big drug litigation was spurred by a notable event—like a study describing a new risk appearing in a major journal, a significant labeling change because of new or greater...more

Yet Another Failure-To-Update Claim Bites the Dust

In terms of the legal gyrations plaintiffs try to avoid preemption, we’ve already expressed our opinion that so-called “failure to update” claims take the booby prize. There are good reasons, discussed in these prior posts,...more

Defendants Secure Rare Summary Judgment in Zoloft MDL

In an unusual turn of events, U.S. District Judge Cynthia Rufe recently granted defendants’ motion for summary judgment as to over 300 cases in the Zoloft MDL. These cases were consolidated in 2012 and involved allegations...more

Man Claims Marijuana Made Him A Killer: The Increasing Scope of Product Liability in the Cannabis Industry: Kirk v. Nutritional...

Like the rest of the manufacturing world, cannabis Industry participants are beginning to face product liability risk following the legalization of marijuana. Last week, three sons of a woman killed by their father during an...more

Bellwether Trials: What Manufacturers Can Learn from the GM Ignition Claim MDL

As product liability multidistrict litigation becomes more prevalent, it is important for manufacturers to understand how the bellwether trial process works and how to use it to their advantage. The ongoing bellwether trials...more

Michigan Consumer Protection Act Claims Do Not Require Proof of Intent to Deceive

Because the Michigan Consumer Protection Act (MCPA) was derivative of common law fraud, many have argued that all claims brought under the MCPA require a plaintiff to prove fraud-like elements in order to create liability...more

Several New Worker's Compensation Provisions Favorable to Wisconsin Employers

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed into law several new employer-friendly 2016 amendments to the state’s Worker’s Compensation Act. In addition to cutting the statute of limitations for traumatic injury claims in half,...more

TPPs Fail to Put Their Money Where Their (Litigation) Mouth Is and Lose

In third party payor litigation over prescription medical products, we have often marveled at the causation arguments that plaintiffs have offered and the willingness of some courts to accept collective proof over what really...more

Gutsy Gatekeeping: Plaintiffs’ Experts Excluded in Lipitor MDL

This week, as Drug and Device Law Jews, we are preparing for Passover, which, like most Jewish holidays, begins with a multi-generational dinner at the home of the Drug and Device Law Bubbie (our mother). Although we of the...more

Back at it Again (with the Standing Opinions): Seventh Circuit Reiterates Article III Standing in Data Breach Class Actions

On July 20, 2015, the Seventh Circuit issued its opinion in Remijas v. Neiman Marcus Group, 794 F. 3d 688 (7th Circ. 2015), which immediately became the low-water mark for Article III standing in data breach cases. In short,...more

Seventh Circuit Rejects Plaintiffs’ Chain-of-Causation Theory of Personal Jurisdiction

Although spring-break season is officially over, a recent Seventh Circuit decision offers a lesson to vacationers: When choosing your next vacation destination, make sure it’s somewhere you would be willing to visit again....more

So Long Zoloft MDL

The Zoloft MDL has finally collapsed. We started to see the writing on the wall in June 2014, when the MDL judge ruled that none of the plaintiffs’ experts could testify that taking Zoloft while pregnant could cause birth...more

Torts – Negligence Per Se and Causation/CCP 998 Offers

Anthony Toste v. CalPortland Construction et al. - Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District (March 2, 2016) - In many tort actions, plaintiff will argue that the defendant violated some statute or ordinance and...more

New Jersey Mesh Summary Judgment Hat Trick

We’re pleased to report that good things continue to happen in Atlantic County product liability proceedings following recent judicial turnover. On February 19, 2016, the Reed Smith Bard/Davol defense team scored a hat trick...more

Good Things Sometimes Come in Big Packages: Mirena Daubert Rulings Favor the Defense -- Big Time

We spend a large portion of our professional life preparing motions to exclude the testimony of plaintiffs’ experts in mass tort litigation. Our pleasure in reading today’s decision is no doubt a function of the frequent...more

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